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The One Gift that Unlocks All the Others – A Thanksgiving Reflection

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”      –Elizabeth Barrett Browning They’re all over the place if you look: marvelous little pennies, hidden in nooks and crannies along every path you’ll walk this week. […]


New Study Estimates Number of Children Orphaned by COVID-19 in U.S.

The term “orphan” is rarely used in relation to children in the US today.  But last week, the journal Pediatrics released a pre-publication paper estimating the number of children orphaned by COVID-19 and COVID-related factors in the U.S. The paper, “COVID-19-Associated Orphanhood and Caregiver Death in the United States,” projects that from April 2020 through June […]


CAFO2021 SUMMIT: Thank You, Signature Sponsors!

CAFO2021 is just around the corner. As its myriad details weave together, I especially marvel at one thing yet again this year: how so many amazing organizations, churches, and individuals are all playing a part to build CAFO2021. WITH is not just the theme of CAFO2021. As we gather in Cincinnati, we will see, taste, […]


COVID’s Impact on Children: More than One Million Orphaned

Several new reports highlight what those laboring in the field of child welfare have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic:  although COVID-19 has a very limited direct impact upon children, COVID’s indirect impact upon children has been immense. A study in July’s volume of the Lancet estimates that 1.1 million children have been orphaned by COVID – losing […]


Taking On The Biggest Foster Care Problems in Your Community…Together

When Jenni Olowo and her husband, Ade (pronounced ahh-day), set out to ask churches, organizations, and businesses to work together to address the foster care crisis in Bryan-College Station, Texas, they knew three things:  First, they believed that providing more than enough for children and families in foster care in their county was possible.  Second, […]


New CAFO Research Findings: Adverse Childhood Experiences Appear to Drive Up Kids’ Media Use

New findings from the CAFO Center on Applied Research indicate that children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may be more likely to overuse screens.   While ACEs and other history of what’s often referred to broadly as “trauma” are very serious matters, however, they are not destiny.   Rather, the special challenges associated with […]